Shimla agreement doesn’t prevent raising Kashmir dispute at UN

Kabul asked not to allow India use its territory against Pakistan

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Voicing concerns over the Indian anti Pakistan activities from the Afghan soil, Foreign Office asked Afghan government on Thursday not to allow India to use its soil against Pakistan.
Responding to queries of media persons at his weekly news briefing about Indian arms supply to Afghanistan, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said such cooperation should not be to the detriment of Pakistan.
He said international community should play its role in the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute and ending Indian brutalities against people in Occupied Kashmir. He said over 80 Kashmiris have been martyred, seven thousand injured and 500 deprived of their eye-sight due to pellet gun fire by Indian forces.
He said Pakistan has been sensitizing the international community about plight of people in Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan would continue its moral, diplomatic and political support for peaceful struggle for right to self-determination. “In view of delicate situation in Occupied Kashmir, Pakistan has extended an invitation to India for dialogue. Kashmir remains the core issue. Pakistan wants to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner and through result-oriented and sustained dialogue”.
To a question, he said Pakistan and India discussed Kashmir issue bilaterally several times during the last six decades but the dialogue did not meet success due to Indian intransigence. He said Shimla agreement does not prevent taking the issue to the UN as under the accord the two countries upheld supremacy of the UN charter in the conduct of their relations. He said relevant UN resolutions on Kashmir are still valid and Kashmir remains on the Security Council agenda.
Replying to another question, he said Indian Prime Minister referred to Balochistan in his bid to divert attention from gruesome situation in Occupied Kashmir. However, the world is not naive and it understands Indian machinations. He said large-scale reaction against Mr. Modi’s remarks in Pakistan especially in Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan exposed Indian designs.
The spokesman said preparations are on for hosting of 19th SAARC summit in Pakistan in November this year. He told a questioner that efforts are continuing to muster support for Pakistan’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. “Pakistan meets the criteria required for membership of the Group”, he asserted.
To a question he said Pakistan has taken up with the British authorities the issue of provocative speech of Altaf Hussain. Replying to another question he said Pakistan has been emphasizing that politically negotiated settlement is only viable solution of Afghan problem. He said Afghan government should give an unambiguous message in favour of reconciliation and offer incentives for the purpose.

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